• Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Brings Its High-Tech Features to Paris

Powerful hybrid drivetrain and 911-inspired design

Unveiled earlier in September 2016, the brand-new Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid just made its official public debut at the Paris Motor Show. Based on the redesigned, second generation Panamera, Porsche’s new hybrid arrived in France with several new features, state-of-the-art technology, and a more powerful drivetrain.

Having already seen the standard Panamera earlier in 2016, the hybrid’s exterior design wasn’t a mystery, but the sedan has plenty of other features to brag out. It’s most important highlight is the new hybrid drivetrain that combines a twin-turbo, 2.9-liter V-6 gasoline engine, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery. The combo cranks out 462 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, a 52-horsepower and 81-pound-foot increase over the previous model. Thanks to the extra power, the Panamera E-Hybrid is also more than a half-second quicker from 0 to 60 mph, needing only 4.4 seconds to hit the benchmark, while top speed increased from 168 to 172 mph.

The new drivetrain also makes the Panamera E-Hybrid a better part-time electric car. The sedan can cover 30 miles on electricity alone, while reaching a top speed of 86 mph (up from 20 miles and 84 mph, respectively). The sedan also benefits from a new hybrid module with shorter response times and a larger battery with shorter charging times.

More goodies can be found inside the cabin. First up, the analog rev counter is flanked by two seven-inch screens with bespoke power meters for hybrid operation. The new display function is similar to that used in the Porsche 918 Spyder supercar and provides data such as the amount of electrical energy being used, as well as the amount recovered through the sedan’s regeneration systems. The 12.3-inch touchscreen in the center dashboard also provides access to various items of hybrid-specific information. For instance, there’s a boost assistant that shows the energy available for boosting and a hybrid assistant that emits various visual signals for regulating the electrical drive power.

Look for the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid in dealerships starting 2017.

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Although I’m not a big fan of four-door Porsche cars, I must admit that the new Panamera is gorgeous to look at thanks to its 911-inspired design. The drivetrain is also a big step forward and makes the E-Hybrid one of the most advanced luxury sedan on the market. With improvements in just about any department, the Panamera S E-Hybrid is perfect choice if you’re in the market for a high-performance, luxury hybrid.

Read our full review on the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid here.

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Ciprian Florea
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Press Release

Today at the “Mondial de l’Automobile” event in Paris, Chairman of the Porsche Executive Board Oliver Blume was proud to unveil the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. The hybrid version of the Panamera is synonymous with a high level of comfort and maximum efficiency in the luxury segment. Another model celebrating its global debut at the event in Paris was the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, the latest generation of the world’s best-selling racing car. Both models deliver the typical level of performance expected of a Porsche, together with the model-specific characteristics. While the 911 GT3 Cup delivers 357 kW (485 hp) of power from its completely redeveloped four-litre, six-cylinder flat engine featuring direct petrol injection, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid combines a 2.9-litre V6 biturbo engine with an electric motor to deliver a system power of 340 kW (462 hp).

“The new Panamera marks a revolution in design and technology. It truly is a luxury saloon. Nevertheless, the model still retains the identity of the 911 and the genes of the 918 Spyder super sportscar and 919 Hybrid racing car – something that will no doubt be music to the ears of all Porsche fans”, says Oliver Blume, summing up the character of the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid.

A purely electric range of 50 kilometres with the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
Thanks to the improved lithium-ion cells offering an increased capacity, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid offers an electric range of around 50 kilometres in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) – a real increase compared with its predecessor. The model delivers power and fuel consumption figures of 2.5 l/100 km and 15.9 kWh/100 km respectively in the NEDC for plug-in hybrid models. These figures correspond to CO2 emissions of 56 g/km. And yet the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is also a sportscar among the luxury saloons: The all-wheel Porsche achieves a top speed of 278 km/h and delivers a system torque of 700 Nm from stationary without hesitation. The four-door hybrid sportscar breaks the 100 km/h barrier in just 4.6 seconds. The torque is transferred to all four wheels

The superlative performance is no accident: The new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid features a hybrid strategy never before seen in this segment – a strategy based on the 918 Spyder. As with the 918 Spyder, the power of the Panamera electric motor – 100 kW (136 hp) and 400 Nm torque – is made available as soon as the driver touches the accelerator pedal. As such, the electric motor is available to deliver additional power at all times. This, together with the performance characteristics of the new 2.9-litre V6 biturbo engine delivering 243 kW (330 hp) and 450 Nm, generates an impressive boost scenario based on electric motor and turbochargers.

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